A Georgia clothing store lost customers and reputation after being slammed as "racist" regarding their new policy, which was shared on Facebook. The policy: they were waiving a fee for non-white customers.
How they thought it would be a good idea to charge, or not charge, people based solely on the color of their skin is beyond me.
Fox News reports:
Civvies on Broughton Street in Savannah posted that it would require a refundable $20 deposit when booking an appointment to visit the boutique. However, the since-deleted post also wrote that people of color would be exempt from the fee, the New York Post reported.
“As a mostly White staff with White ownership, we do not feel comfortable upholding a digital and financial barrier which could prevent BIPOC from shopping at our store at this time on top of the limitations already made by online booking,” the store's announcement read.
The “new and recycled clothing” store added that customers who “are White and refuse to put down a deposit because you believe our policy is unethical” wouldn't be able to make an appointment to shop.
Upon announcing their new policy though, they received a plethora of negative reactions as well as threats to take legal action. They have since issued an apology and removed the policy from social media.
“Most of the feedback about our decision to waive this refundable deposit is racist because it favors Black people, Indigenous people and people of color,” store manager Raine Blunk said.
Uh, yeah. It favors certain colors of skin, which is literally the definition of racism: "Discrimination or prejudice based on race." Not to mention, I wonder how it makes people of color feel to have places waive fees for them, insinuating that they cannot afford to pay it. That is offensive in itself. Either implement a fee for everyone or get rid of it completely.
“Statement from the owners, ’It was not our intention to act in any way that might be perceived as discriminatory and for that we apologize,'” a Facebook message read.
However, the commenters, who appear to be majority White, have voiced continued criticism for the initial policy. More than 1,200 people responded and nearly 30 shared the new statement from the store.
“There is no way that your statement could be taken any other way than racist. This is a poor attempt at an apology,” one person wrote.
“No one "perceived" it as discriminatory...it is discriminatory,” another commented.
“You've lost my business and hopefully everyone will follow!” another person wrote.
One person defended the business, stating “Well I didn’t find it discriminatory and I felt supported as a person that grew up here and has enjoyed the store.”
His comment received dozens of replies – most of them negative.
Hopefully they learned a valuable lesson on how NOT to run a business and treat people.
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